Samuel Daniel

(1562 - 1620 / England)

Quotations

  • ''Love is a torment of the mind,
    A tempest everlasting;
    And Jove hath made it of a kind
    Not well, nor full, nor fasting.''
    Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), British poet. Hymen's Triumph. OBEV. Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''And who, in time, knows whither we may vent
    The treasure of our tongue, to what strange shores
    This gain of our best glory shall be sent,
    T'enrich unknowing nations with our stores?
    What worlds in th'yet unformed Occident
    May come refined with th'accents that are ours?''
    Samuel Daniel (c.1562-1619), British poet, dramatist. repr. In Complete Works, ed. A.B. Grosart (1963). Musophilus, l. 957-962, Poetical Essays (1599).
  • ''And who in time knowes whither we may vent
    The treasure of our tongue, to what strange shores
    This gaine of our best glorie shal be sent,
    T'inrich unknowing Nations with our stores?
    What worlds in th'yet unformed Occident
    May come refin'd with th'accents that are ours?''
    Samuel Daniel (c. 1562-1619), British poet, dramatist. Musophilus, Poetical Essays (1599).
  • ''When your eyes have done their part
    Thought must length'n it in the heart.''
    Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), British poet. Tethy's Festival. NoP. Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Pleasures are not, if they last;
    In their passing is their best:
    Glory is more bright and gay
    In a flash, and so away.''
    Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), British poet. Tethy's Festival. NoP. Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Are they shadows that we see?
    And can shadows pleasures give?
    Pleasures only shadows be,
    Cast by bodies we conceive;''
    Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), British poet. Tethy's Festival. NoP. Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Suffice they show I lived, and loved thee dear.''
    Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), British poet. To Delia. OBEV. Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Let others sing of knights and paladins
    In aged accents and untimely words,
    Paint shadows, in imaginary lines,''
    Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), British poet. To Delia. OBEV. Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Fair is my Love, and cruel as she's fair
    Her brow shades frowns, although her eyes are sunny;
    Her smiles are lightning, though her pride despair;
    And her disdains are gall, her favours honey.
    A modest maid, decked with a blush of honour,
    Whose feet do tread green paths of youth and love,''
    Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), British poet. To Delia. OBEV. Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''But ah, no more! this must not be foretold,
    For women grieve to think they must be old.''
    Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), British poet. To Delia. OBEV. Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.

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Sonnet XLIX: How Long

How long shall I in mine affliction mourn,
A burden to myself, distress'd in mind?
When shall my interdicted hopes return
From out despair wherein they live confin'd?
When shall her troubled brow charg'd with disdain
Reveal the treasure which her smiles impart?
When shall my faith the happiness attain
To break the ice that hath congeal'd her heart?
Unto herself, herself my love doth summon,

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